Museum of Early Trades and Crafts Hosts Spinning Workshop

On Thursday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 29th from 6pm-8pm the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts will host a two day spinning workshop.

Join skilled spinner and Museum Director Vivian C.R. James as she leads a hands-on workshop in the art of spinning wool into yarn. Participants will learn how to successfully use a drop spindle. Attendees will also create their own skein of yarn to take home.

This two-part workshop is open to those 13 and up and to all skill levels. Space is limited. Pre-registration required by April 15th. Call 973-377-2982 x14 to register. Admission is $25 for Members & $30 for non-members (includes both days and all materials).

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children, and free for Members. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays. (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Sunday & Monday)

Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country. The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at

Image: Vivian C.R. James demonstrates how to use a drop spindle